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Children's Centres: Manpower

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of Sure Start children’s centres have (a) a full-time manager and (b) a manager shared with other children’s centres. (289322)

The Department does not collect this information. Local authorities have strategic responsibility for the management of Sure Start Children’s Centres and the freedom and flexibility to establish management arrangements that are appropriate to the local context and the needs of their communities, especially taking into account the levels of disadvantage.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has issued any recent guidance on the recommended number of outreach workers employed in each Sure Start children's centre in the most deprived communities. (289323)

The latest guidance on the recommended number of outreach workers employed in each Sure Start children's centre serving the most deprived communities is in ‘Sure Start Children's Centres: Phase 3 Planning and Delivery’, issued by the Department in November 2007. This suggests that in the most disadvantaged areas teams should include at least three outreach workers per children's centre. It is for local authorities, working with their children's trust partners, to determine staffing levels in each centre based on an assessment of local needs.